2013 BMW 1-Series

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2013 BMW 1-Series Review
2013 BMW 1-Series Review

New For 2013

The racy 1M coupe is gone, but BMW hopes performance enthusiasts will take to the new 135is variant of the 1-series. Available as a hardtop or a convertible, the 135is has a bit more power (20 hp and 17 lb-ft of torque) but matches the fuel economy of the 135i. The 135is gets special visuals and a unique sound from its sport exhaust.


The 1-series may be the smallest BMW, but it’s every bit a BMW. Its engines mirror those of the previous-generation 3-series on which it’s based. Not surprisingly, the driving experience is similar to that car’s as well, which is to say it’s largely above reproach. OK, the ride can be harsh, particularly with the sport suspension and the available eighteen-inch wheels. Otherwise, there’s plenty to love, starting with sublime steering (avoid the optional active steering), a beautifully balanced rear-wheel-drive chassis, and very good performance. The in-line six in the 128i is smooth and strong, but the 300-hp turbocharged version makes the 135i a rocket—it zooms to 60 mph in as little as 5.0 seconds with the available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is standard in both the 135i and 128i; the 128i’s no-shift option is a conventional, eight-speed automatic. As good as this car is to drive, its popularity doesn’t approach that of the 3-series. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the 1-series is available only as a coupe and a convertible, and back-seat space is tight. Second, although the 1-series is smaller than the 3, it doesn’t get better gas mileage. And the 1-series isn’t much cheaper, either. So even though the 1-series is great to drive, that’s pretty much the case for the 3-series as well.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags (except in the convertible); active head restraints for the front seats; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. Adaptive xenon headlamps are included on the 135i and optional on the 128i. BMW Assist with automated crash response is optional.

You'll like:

  • Fantastic steering
  • Tidy size
  • Very quick (135i/is)

You won't like:

  • Ride can be harsh
  • Fuel economy not great
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  • Price similar to 3-series’

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW 1-series

  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Mustang
  • Lexus IS C
  • Volvo C70
BMW 1 Series GT Mule Front Side View
BMW's risky new front-drive 1 Series GT four-door hatchback is moving its way through the development process -- a nearly production-ready prototype has been spied testing months before its debut. Based on the BMW Concept Active Tourer, the four-door hatch will sport crossover styling cues and far better mileage than is currently available across most of the automaker's lineup.

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2013 BMW 1-Series Specifications

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3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
230 hp @ 6500rpm
200 ft lb of torque @ 2750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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Value Rating: Above Average